Osinbajo slams fake news, threatens Sahara Reporters

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By Morenike Bailey

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has served notice on his decision to take a legal action against Sahara Reporters News Agency.

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The Vice President was reacting to a publication by the online medium for alleging that he owns the Ikoyi property which collapsed a few days ago and questioning his integrity as a political leader.

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The publication had claimed that the VP purchased the land from Chief Michael Ade-Ojo and that he had tried to influence the decisions of regulatory authorities in Lagos State to unseal the said property.  

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Chief Ade-Ojo who is the founder of Elizade University, had on Thursday night debunked the claims, calling it all ‘falsehood’.

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A press statement from Osinbajo’s office stated that the VP has no interest whatsoever in the said land as all his assets have been publicly declared.

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Whilst condoling with the families of the affected victims, the release also debunked the publication it described as ‘despicable lies’.

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The statement by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity read in part: “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, is saddened by the events that occurred in Lagos on Monday, 1st of November 2021, where a high-rise building under construction on Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, collapsed. 

“He condoles with the families and relatives of all those who have died, were injured or affected in the collapse. Prof. Osinbajo considers this painful loss of lives a horrible tragedy.

“Also, the attention of the Vice President has been drawn to an obviously sponsored falsehood regarding the recently collapsed building published by Sahara Reporters.

“Let it be made absolutely clear that Prof. Yemi Osinbajo does not own and has never owned the said land. He has also never been involved, in any shape or form, in the development of this or any other land since he became Vice President. 

“Sahara Reporters were undoubtedly well rewarded for their criminal and inhumane conduct. Typical of a hatchet job and deliberately irresponsible journalism, the publication was not signed by anyone.

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“The Vice President has referred this disgraceful publication to his lawyers for prompt legal action.”

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